Seafood Extravaganza.

On our very quick visit to Newport last week, we made sure to make the most of the seaside by doing what all three of us love most...eating  :) Growing up in New England and spending summers in Rhode Island gave me quite a love for anything edible (or sometimes not...) from the sea and Newport did not disappoint.  For what ended up being a very late lunch, we made a visit to The Pier.  Right on the waterfront and boasting a large deck complete with bar (which we most definitely would have been making use of had it not been raining), the service was excellent, the prices were right and our food was great!  Nothing fancy schmancy about it, just straight up and down good seafood.  While the boys enjoyed a fish finger sandwich and mussels with chorizo, respectively, I couldn't resist plain old steamers.  A staple of summertime eating when I was a little one, steamers are a soft-shell clam which are (surprise!) steamed until they open and served with the broth in which they were cooked, which you use to wash away the sand on them before eating, and melted butter to dip them in.  Yum.

For dinner, we were back down on the waterfront at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar.  All I can say is WOAH.  A lovely table was set for us in the back of the restaurant next to a huge window that was open onto the water and the service could not have been more attentive or friendly.  It is safe to say we did not tread lightly when it came to the food...we started with 'Doughnuts in a Bag' which were lobster, crab and shrimp fritters served in a paper bag (love it) with a chipotle-maple aoili which silenced the table in the best possible way.  And if you have ever met us, you would know that keeping us quiet is a next to impossible job.  This was followed by oysters from the raw bar because...when in Rome/Newport.  Gorgeous.

For main courses, the boys enjoyed clam chowder and a salad with lobster tail, as well as what looked to be a very sexy surf & turf situation.  I, however, was not about to mess around and get anything than a plain old big boy lobster for myself.  Two pounds, steamed to perfection with a big old cup of, you guessed it, more melted butter.  Lobster, to me, is one thing you just don't mess around with.  Straight up and down or nothing at all (false, if you're giving out lobster, I'll take it).

I was in some kind of daze which prevented me from making any decision whatsoever after this meal, but the boys kept plowing through the menu and had amazing desserts (ok ok, I may have stolen a couple of bites) of Strawberry Key Lime Pie and Lavender Creme Brulee.  It is hard to believe we had the strength to get up from the table after this meal, let alone hunt down martinis.

I thought at least one of these Newport posts needed pictures of the younger Neary's in all their glory at the beach on one of our summer vacations to Rhode Island, so here they are (that chunk in the blue is my little bro, sometimes I hope he'll show up and still look like that...):